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Dr Libby Watson

Clinical Psychologist and Lecturer in Counselling and Psychotherapy

    Dr Libby Watson obtained her BSc in Psychology (1st-class honours) at the University of Sheffield in 2005 and completed her Professional Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of East London (UEL) in 2011. On completion of her Doctorate, Libby was awarded the UEL School of Psychology’s research prize for outstanding academic and research achievement. Her thesis, entitled “Managing overweight: Children’s stories of their journey through treatment and beyond” explored young people’s experiences of attending the UK’s largest community weight management programme — MEND (www.mendfoundation.org) — in collaboration with Dr Paul Chadwick and Dr Martyn Baker. The manuscript may be accessed via UEL’s Research Open Access Repository (ROAR): http://hdl.handle.net/10552/3715 After completing her Professional Doctorate, Libby worked in specialist Long Term Health Condition (LTC) and weight management NHS services before joining a London IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies) service where she became Clinical Lead for LTCs. Libby began lecturing on the BSc (Hons) Counselling programme at UEL in January 2015 — the first undergratuate course in London to have obtained accreditation with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). She is part of a dedicated team of academics and practitioners who are proud of the programme’s pluralistic philosophy and approach to widening access and valuing diversity. Libby is currently working towards becoming an accredited Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) Practitioner (www.acat.me.uk) and is expected to complete in July 2016. CAT is an integrative and creative therapy that invites clients on a journey of self-discovery as they explore how they relate to both themselves and others.


    Overview




    Selected publications

    Publically available research outputs are available to download from UEL’s Research Open Access Repository (ROAR).

    Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

    Watson, L., Baker, M., & Chadwick, P. (in press). Kids just wanna have fun: children’s experiences of a weight management programme. British Journal of Health Psychology.|

    Conference Presentations

    Flint, B., Watson, L., Jones, E., Dzingai, J., Fabris, G., & Stern, M. (2011, May). Breathlessness management plans: collaborative working between COPD patients and a clinical psychologist. Poster session presented at the Improving and Integrating Respiratory Services in the NHS (IMPRESS) Conference, Birmingham.|

    Flint, B., Watson, L., Jones, E., Dzingai, J., Fabris, G., & Stern, M. (2011, May). The multifaceted role of a psychologist within a community COPD service. Poster session presented at the Improving and Integrating Respiratory Services in the NHS (IMPRESS) Conference, Birmingham.|

    Watson, L. (2012, April). Wellbeing and healthy lifestyle: tackling childhood obesity and empowering young people. Workshop delivered at the No Health Without Mental Health Conference, Professional Excellence Centre, Bromborough, Wirral.|

    Watson, L. (2012, April). Why do we need to do something? The importance of early intervention for young people. Workshop delivered at the No Health Without Mental Health Conference, Professional Excellence Centre, Bromborough, Wirral.|


    Collaborators

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    Research

    Publications


    Funding

    Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)
    Third-wave CBT approaches
    Long-term health conditions (with particular focus on pain and obesity)
    Self and identity including the constructs of introversion–extraversion
    Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA)


    Interests

    Portfolio




    GC4702: Personal and Professional Development and Skills
    GC5704: Cognitive and Behavioural Therapy Approaches
    BSc (Hons) Counselling
    HCPC Regsitered Practitioner Psychologist

    Teaching